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Background information
Genres Metal, hardcore punk
Years active 1980 - 2002
Associated acts Randy Uchida Group
Sakevi Yokoyama
Randy Uchida
Kiichi Takahashi
Ironfist Tatsushima
Former members
Kannon "Cloudy"

GISM was a Japanese mid-paced hardcore punk band (with heavy metal influence) formed in Tokyo, Japan in 1980. Even though the guitar style resembled heavy metal style riffs and solos, GISM were one of the first Japanese hardcore bands, while at the same time drawing influence from the early industrial/avant-garde music scene; something extremely uncommon in punk bands at that time.

The acronym GISM had many different variations; they include: God In the Schizoid Mind, Guerrilla Incendiary Sabotage Mutineer, General Imperialism Social Murder, Genocide Infanticide Suicide Menticide & Gnostic Idiosyncrasy Sonic Militant.

GISM has attained a cult status in the international punk scene, duly for their unique blend of heavy metal and hardcore punk. Several Japanese punk bands have emulated the low-pitched vocal style of Sakevi Yokoyama.



In 1984, GISM released their first album titled 'Detestation', on Dogma Records. [1]. The album has been applauded for having unique vocals and a guitar style that was very uncommon in punk rock music.

'M.A.N.', or 'Military Affairs Neurotic' [2], was released in 1987 on Beast Arts Records. The album was quite a departure from the 'Detestation' album, putting more emphasis on a slower, metal style of music compared to the hardcore punk sound of the previous release.

GISM released their last album on compact disc titled 'SoniCRIME TheRapy' in 2001 [3]. The band featured Kiichi Takahashi on bass and Ironfist Tatsushima on drums. Guitarist, Randy Uchida, died from cancer on February 10, 2001, shortly after the release of the album. [4]. GISM played two shows in Tokyo in the honor of Randy Uchida, and then broke up.

In 2002, GISM made the cover of Burst Magazine, an underground Japanese magazine (issue #49).

Members and Other Projects

Sakevi Yokoyama continues to make collage art with his own clothing brand "stlTH", which makes design t-shirts [5]. In 1987, he made a cameo appearance in the Japanese film "Robinson's Garden". In the movie, he attacks a Rastafarian man for teaching children spirituality. This film is the only documentation of his "acting" career [6]. In 2004, Sakevi released a solo album titled 'The War' under the name S.K.V.[7]. In 2006, he designed the artwork for World Burns To Deaths' album titled Totalitarian Sodomy.

Randy Uchida (guitarist) & Hiroshima (original drummer) played with Ronny Wakamats & Michel Hammer in a side project called R.U.G. (Randy Uchida Group), which released one vinyl EP titled “Deathly Fighter” in 1984.

Kiichi Takahashi (bassist) was the vocalist for the occult heavy metal band Sabbrabells. [1].

Cloudy (original bassist) played bass for female-fronted band Front Guerrilla, which released an EP titled Fight Back in 1986.

Ironfist Tatushima (drummer) continues to play in the bands Die You Bastard! and Crow, which he had been playing with prior to GISM.


GISM were widely known for violence present in their lyrics and live shows. Sakevi attacked the singer of Jagatara on national television [8]. On stage, Sakevi would often be dressed on stage wearing a balaclava and bullet belt, waving lit flares in audience members' faces, using microphone stands as clubs, and attacking concert goers as Vietnam War footage was projected behind him. In the past he has attacked photographers for taking pictures of him and has chased audiences with a flamethrower.

During the mid 80's, Sakevi published a Japanese punkzine named P.O.W. The acronym of P.O.W. initially stood for Punk On Wave, but then changed to Performance Of War. The magazine promoted local punk bands from the Tokyo scene at the time. Sakevi also personally interviewed the Tokyo Medical Examiners Office, wrote the P.L.O., and wrote prisoners of war from Anti Japanese Armed Fronts by asking them all their opinions on death. The magazine also included vivid instructions on different ways to kill people. It also showed vivid drawings on how nbc weapons are made with images of their horrific consequences. John Duncan, the guest-editor for the magazine, states that Sakevi attacked a salaryman on a Tokyo commuter train by showering him with a hairspray canister lit on fire with a cigarette lighter for staring.

In Popular Culture

In Lady Gaga's video for the song "Telephone," released in March of 2010, the performer wears a spiked leather jacket featuring a GISM back patch. Whether Lady Gaga is actually a fan of the band is unclear. However, the director of the music video, Jonas Akerlund, is former member of the Swedish metal band Bathory and could very well be the reason for the jacket's appearance in the video. The jacket also features patches for the UK crust bands Icons of Filth and Doom.



  • "Detestation" (1983) Dogma Records [9]
  • "M.A.N. (Military Affairs Neurotic)" (1987) Beast Arts [10]


  • "DETESTation" (1992) Beast Arts
  • "SoniCRIME TheRapy" (2002) Beast Arts [11]


  • "Outsider" LP (1982, City Rocker) Tracks: "Incest", "Gash, Bite, Snatch", "AAHB"
  • "Great Punk Hits" LP (1983, Japan Records) Tracks: "Death Exclamations", "Fire"
  • "Hardcore Unlawful Assembly" LP (1984, AA records) Tracks: "Still Alive", "Nervous Corps"
  • "P.E.A.C.E./War" 2xLP (1984, R Radical records) Track: "Endless Blockads for the Pussyfooter"
  • "The Punx" Cassette Tape (1985, JICC) [12] Tracks: "Shoot to Kill (for epileptic soldier)", "GISM"


  • "Performance" (1985) Beast Arts [13]
  • "BOOTLEG 1986" (1986) Beast Arts
  • "Gay Individual Social Mean - Subj & Egos, chopped" (1995) Beast Arts [14]
  • "+R, Regicide Reverberation" (2002) Beast Arts


  1. ^ KFTH - Outsider Compilation LP

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